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Feature: The role of AI and data in patient safety, Radar Healthcare

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Artificial intelligence (AI) can be a daunting term in healthcare since it suggests that things are beyond our control. However, it’s important to really understand what AI is and the benefits it can provide to various aspects of healthcare.

Firstly, what is AI? Artificial intelligence is any system that observes its environment and fulfils actions towards achieving set goals. Computers and other machines mimic cognitive functions and are able to learn, think, make decisions and take actions in the same way as humans do.

AI-powered healthcare can digest, analyse and act on data to assist healthcare professionals in making clinical choices. This is already being implemented in areas such as diagnostic and treatment recommendations. It can analyse big data (complex, large data sets) to help make informed decisions ensuring a high quality of care is maintained.

Radar Healthcare uses AI and machine learning to deliver business intelligence on your data. It will spot trends in your data and ensure that actions are taken to help maintain patient safety. For example, if your staff across various locations are reporting rising numbers of infection events, Radar Healthcare will detect this anomaly. The software will then create an outbreak event, which triggers all associated processes and tasks without any time lag or manual intervention.

Have you encountered any issues with people’s understanding of AI?

One of the issues that must be addressed is not only how we use digital technology and our understanding of it, but also the jargon that surrounds it. Moreso, those working digitally within the NHS won’t need to understand it in its granular level; they just need to know what it can bring to various aspects of healthcare. It’s already widely used in everyday life, for example, in search engines like Google, devices that recognise human speech, and self-driving cars.

As part of our information hub, we’ve compiled a series of articles about AI, its applications in healthcare and how it can open up new opportunities for prevention, care and treatment in the NHS. We want to make AI approachable, understandable and convey why it works.

Can you give an example or two of a customer and how they’ve used it in practice? What are the benefits to them?

The ability to learn lessons and share best practices is essential for any successful healthcare team. Radar Healthcare makes building a culture of continuous improvement possible, and our innovative analytics with AI allow healthcare organisations to achieve the highest levels of compliance rating.

Data analytics automatically trigger actions to ensure your organisation’s compliance and performance are always monitored and improved, eliminating the need to manually trawl through data to find issues or wait until the end of the month report to understand performance. Then, once the lessons have been learned, Radar Healthcare makes it simple to embed and share best practices across different teams.

With the help of Radar Healthcare, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is shifting its culture to a more modern way of thinking. They love that there is tangible data that makes a significant difference when shared. Through Radar Healthcare, they can identify trends, making it easy to spot things quickly, whether they are good or bad. They can then act on their findings and share their findings with the rest of the trust.

“The part of Radar Healthcare that really stood out was the analytics. Everyone expects systems to be able to display data, but what really stood out for us as a wow moment is when the smart AI can show you this is what you do know, now let me show you something you don’t know.” – Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

What does the future hold for Radar Healthcare – both short-term and long-term?

Our focus on innovation is a real point of pride for us here at Radar Healthcare; we are always looking to utilise the latest technology to provide our customers with new, exciting, and (most importantly) useful options.

Our product is constantly growing to meet the needs and requirements of our customers, and listening to our customers plays a vital role in that. After all, we want to make sure that every exciting new feature we add to Radar Healthcare is designed to make the lives of healthcare professionals easier, their ways of working more efficient, and offer valuable insight that helps to improve safety and outcomes. In fact, we’ve implemented 25% of ideas which have been submitted on our customer forums.

When it comes to the future, the applications of IoT in healthcare are limitless. One technology that is being developed by multiple organisations is a wearable device that can predict epileptic fits. This could significantly improve the quality of so many people’s lives.

Radar Healthcare’s platform can be integrated with a variety of systems making it IoT-ready. We are already collaborating with care homes to help patients transition from hospital to intermediate care or rehabilitation. By automating this process and ensuring the patient is transported to a location that will meet their care requirements, beds can be freed up in hospitals, reducing wait times. Data and IoT are at the heart of these decisions.

Artificial intelligence will continue to revolutionise healthcare in the future, and we will continue to utilise it to reduce risks for patients and improve outcomes for all.

To find out more about Radar Healthcare and how we can help your organisation, click here